Katie Walsh Takes Us Behind the Scenes at Cheltenham

Cheltenham Festival

Katie Walsh and Nick Luck take us being the scenes for the upcoming Cheltenham Festival. (Photo credit Chelenham Racecourse).

The Cheltenham Festival kicks off on March 10, four days of exciting action, with 28 races being decided and millions wagered on one of horse racing’s biggest spectacles.

In all, a total of around £500m is expected to be staked across the horse racing betting industry on the 28 races at the Festival.

Retired Jockey and Betway Ambassador Katie Walsh was one of the most successful female riders ever, delivering more than 100 wins in the saddle and is no stranger to Cheltenham, riding three winners at the prestigious meeting.

Katie’s brother Ruby is the all-time leading jockey at the Cheltenham Festival with 59 winners.

“When you ride a winner here,” Katie remarked about Cheltenham, “it is the greatest parade ring to walk back into. There is no feeling like it. It’s just a very special feeling.”

What is it like for the people in the thick of the action, away from the crowds and television cameras?

To find out, Betway ambassador Walsh took racing broadcaster Nick Luck on a guided tour of the spots that the public don’t get to see, including the female’s jockey room, the weight room, a lap of the course and the winner’s enclosure.

Watch the video to see Cheltenham Racecourse as you’ve never seen it before and discover what it’s really like to compete in the greatest show on turf.

2020 Cheltenham Festival Schedule:

Tuesday 10 March 2020
1 13:30 – Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
2 14:10 – Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase
3 14:50 – Ultima Handicap Chase
4 15:30 – Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
5 16:10 – Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle
6 16:50 – Northern Trust Company Novices’ Handicap Chase
7 17:30 – National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Chase

Wednesday 11 March 2020
1 13:30 – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle
2 14:10 – RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase
3 14:50 – Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle
4 15:30 – Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase
5 16:10 – Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase
6 16:50 – Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
7 17:30 – Weatherbys Champion Bumper

Thursday 12 March 2020
1 13:30 – Marsh Novices’ Chase
2 14:10 – Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle
3 14:50 – Ryanair Chase
4 15:30 – Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle
5 16:10 – Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase
6 16:50 – Daylesford Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle
7 17:30 – Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase

Friday 13 March 2020
1 13:30 – Jcb Triumph Hurdle
2 14:10 – Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle
3 14:50 – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
4 15:30 – Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase
5 16:10 – St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase
6 16:50 – Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase
7 17:30 – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle



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